Wednesday, September 19"Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara" - Taittiriya Upanishad

Month: December 2016

Hindu Dharma – 1: Dharma and Religion

Hindu Dharma – 1: Dharma and Religion

Hinduism, Indic Religions
The word dharma has many meanings. In India from ancient times the word Dharma has been used in various senses. At the very onset we must understand that what is known as “Religion” in the west or “Mazhab”/ “Deen” in Islamic culture, is not the same as Dharma. The dharma of water is to flow. However it is meaningless to say that the “religion” or “deen” of water is to flow. Not only is “dharma” translated as religion, sometimes it is also translated as “duty”. Like “religion”, “duty” cannot explain dharma. To say that the duty of water is to flow is meaningless. In English language, the word duty is applicable to people with thinking abilities and to beings with intellect. Noted Indologist Shri Rajiv Malhotra often says that to understand our dharma we must use Indic categories and n
Swami Vivekananda – A Modern Monk (eBook)

Swami Vivekananda – A Modern Monk (eBook)

Books & Reviews, Swami Vivekananda
He loved French cookbooks, invented a new way of making khichdi, was interested in the engineering behind ship-building and the technology that makes ammunition. More than 100 years after his death, do we really know or understand the bewildering, fascinating, complex man Swami Vivekananda was? Vivekananda is one of the most important figures in the modern imagination of India. He is also an utterly modern man, consistently challenging his own views, and embracing diverse, even conflicting arguments. It is his modernity that appeals to us today. He is unlike any monk we have known. He is confined neither by history nor by ritual, and is constantly questioning everything around him, including himself. It is in Vivekananda’s contradictions, his doubts, his fears and his failings that he